News archive from 5 October 2014

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Devo is route to independence’

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Devo is route to independence’

NICOLA Sturgeon today tells hardline independence supporters that they must embrace efforts to make Holyrood stronger in order to attain their ultimate goal of breaking from the UK. The First Minister-in-waiting claims that Lord Smith’s Commission on...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Nicola Sturgeon: The power now lies with Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon: The power now lies with Scotland

IN Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macduff asks: "Stands Scotland where it did?" And Ross answers: "Alas, poor country! Almost afraid to know itself." Despite the referendum delivering a No, Scotland does not stand in the same place as it...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
All this fertility paranoia does women no good

All this fertility paranoia does women no good

The Lancet says that all women in their 20s or early 30s should be given the chance to freeze their eggs or ovarian tissue, in case they need to postpone starting a family. Which sounds reasonable – a kind of biological insurance policy for the...

Guardian, 00:03 in Health
 
Retail chiefs to demand SNP scrap ‘supermarket tax’

Retail chiefs to demand SNP scrap ‘supermarket tax’

RETAIL industry leaders will this week demand that the Scottish Government sticks with its promise to scrap a £95 million rates levy on big stores while stepping up investment in struggling town centres. In a final submission ahead of the publication...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Brand Shetland has taste for growth

Brand Shetland has taste for growth

AN ARTISAN food company based on Shetland is looking to capitalise on significant growth in demand for high quality Scottish produce after a six-month pre-launch branding project by a London-based design consultancy. Shetlandeli, whose first handmade...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: Worries mount over the recovery

Bill Jamieson: Worries mount over the recovery

JUST when we thought the clouds had lifted for Scottish business, new ones have pressed in. Market volatility, interest rates, signs of slowdown and concerns over future Holyrood tax and spending plans are crowding in. So where are we at? And where...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Kristy Dorsey: United, Scots cities can prosper

Kristy Dorsey: United, Scots cities can prosper

ONE of the things most newcomers to Scotland are eventually struck by is the amount of division that is jam-packed into one small country: East versus West Coast; the Central Belt or the Highlands; some deep dissent supposedly rooted in religion and;...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Home shop group N Brown set to unveil fall

Home shop group N Brown set to unveil fall

HOME shopping group N Brown is tipped to unveil a fall in half-year profits this week amid what has been described as a "transitional" year for the owner of the Jacamo and Simply Be brands. Last month the clothing retailer said sales for the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
PureLiFi seeing the light with data transmitter

PureLiFi seeing the light with data transmitter

A TECHNOLOGY start-up that uses beams of light to transmit data has been tipped as a flotation candidate, potentially worth "hundreds of millions of dollars", as it looks set to smash its fundraising targets. PureLiFi, which was spun out...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Wild horses kick up a storm for Utah ranchers

Wild horses kick up a storm for Utah ranchers

WHEN he was a boy on a 150,000-acre ranch here in the desert mountains of Utah, which are so remote that there is no power line and electricity comes from a turbine in a mountain spring, Mark Wintch would thrill at the sight of a rare band of wild...

 
Sheffield man ‘lucky to be alive’ after house fire

Sheffield man ‘lucky to be alive’ after house fire

A Sheffield man is "lucky to be alive' after neighbours woke to the smell of smoke and realised the house next door was on fire. Chris Jones was heard groaning by worried neighbours who gathered outside his home on Willoughby Street, Page Hall,...

 
Jeff Salway: Mortgage rates fall in price war

Jeff Salway: Mortgage rates fall in price war

A HOME loan price war has erupted to give borrowers the chance to lock into cheaper mortgages before the Bank of England raises interest rates. Some of the UK’s biggest lenders have slashed their cheapest rates over the past few weeks and several are...

 

Most Tory MPs back NHS pay rise, new poll shows

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS cannot afford to give all staff a 1% pay rise. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Most Tory MPs believe that NHS staff deserve the 1% pay rise health secretary Jeremy Hunt has rejected, prompting the first...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health
 

Ebola is in America – and, finally, within range of Big Pharma

Outside Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed outside Africa. Photograph: Nathan Hunsinger/Dallas Morning News/Corbis As the Ebola epidemic continues to rage in west Africa, with more than 3,000...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health
 

UK cigarette firm criticised over Laos tobacco tax deal

Big tobacco sees Asia as a growing market, and keeping prices, and taxes, down is a key strategy. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images A British tobacco giant has been accused of depriving taxpayers in Laos, one of Asia's poorest countries,...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health
 


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